***THE FIRST DEBATE***
WATCH THE KY3 NEWS @ 10 REPORT HERE
The Columbia Tribune's Terry Ganey asked the question that evoked the most spirited back-and-forth between Jay Nixon and Kenny Hulshof. It also sparked a separate debate about ethics and campaign finance reform. WATCH the clip above to here Ganey ask what each would do about the open-records lawsuit hovering over Gov. Matt Blunt's administration.
The debate over Gov. Matt Blunt and ethics lead Nixon to accuse Hulshof of "Washington doublespeak" on the issue of campaign finance reform. Nixon supports limits, Hulshof said he believes a system without limits is better than the old system because it lacked transparency. CHECK OUT the campaign finance debate ABOVE.
***POST-DEBATE: Nixon Campaign Calls Hulshof a Hypocrite . . . Hulshof wants to eliminate "committee pass-throughs," but has continued to accept $150,000 in those types of contributions over the past few weeks, charges MoDem Part spokesperson Zac Wright. He then points to a statement by Hulshof spokesperson Scott Baker, defending these committee contributions . . . "My question would be, why not? If a group of citizens, in this case a committee, decides they want to give to a candidate, why shouldn't they,?" Baker said.
RIGHT BACK AT YOU . . . Hulshof Camp Says Nixon's a Hypocrite . . . They point to several fines Nixon has been forced to pay for "over the limit expenditures and donations." Team Hulshof also notes a June 1997 Post-Dispatch editorial . . . according to the piece, Nixon held a fundraiser where donors gave more than the federal legal limit. The excess money would be later tallied for a Campaign Committee. "Apparently, Mr. Nixon's advocacy of reform, doesn't require that his actions be consistent with his beliefs," wrote the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.